Take time to recognize Delaware’s veterans

A gallery of veterans’ photos has been started at delawarestatenews.secondstreetapp.com/Tribute-to-Heroes. Readers are encouraged to share photo of veterans they wish to recognize for their service.

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines …

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For those of you with family or close friends who served in the military, we are working on a unique way of recognizing their service.

“We want to honor them,” said Konrad La Prade, director of advertising for the Independent Newsmedia Delmarva group, which includes the Delaware State News. “We’re planning to publish a piece with photographs of area veterans.”

The images will be included in “A Tribute to Our Heroes” in the Nov. 10 edition of the Delaware State News.

There is no charge to have someone included.

Simply post information and a photo at https://delawarestatenews.secondstreetapp.com/Tribute-to-Heroes/gallery.

Or you can bring the photo by our office, 110 Galaxy Drive, Dover, so it can be scanned.

With each photo, we will share the name, branch and years or era of service.

Once on the website, you will see a gallery of images that has been started.

The deadline to add information is 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Has it really been 10 years since Kent County Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America dedicated the memorial on South Little Creek Road in Dover?

A few weeks ago, we published a piece on the chapter’s new 10th anniversary commemorative coin that brought back memories of the effort that went into raising funds and support for the monument.

Proceeds from the $10 coin will go to maintenance of the memorial park.

The coins will be available for purchase at the Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the memorial park.

On a cold Veterans Day in 2009, the organization unveiled the memorial to Kent Countians who died in Vietnam.

It is the centerpiece of a 1 ½-acre park space donated by Kent County. The Kent County Veterans Memorial Park has grown to include memorials to Gold Star Mothers and Families, and those lost in Korea and the Middle East.

It also includes a Huey “Dustoff” helicopter, a War Dog memorial and a POW/MIA Chair of Honor.

Dave Skocik, who has been a faithful contributor of veterans news, said there will be a special program for this year’s event, chronicling the history of the park.

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Today’s guest commentary from Gene Thornton offers an insightful look into her husband Don’s challenges with Frontotemporal Degeneration and a need for a dental clinic inside the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

As you will read in her commentary, the state has allocated $1.5 million for the dental clinic in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, but another half-million is needed.

The dental clinic was one of the Delaware Veterans Commission’s priorities in requests to the General Assembly.

The funds do not include pay for dentists and staff.

The Delaware Veterans Home is a skilled nursing care facility.

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There’s something about “thunder” that draws a big crowd in Dover.

Last month, it was “Thunder Over Dover” that brought 40,000 to the two-day open house at Dover Air Force Base.

This weekend, that many and more will enjoy the thunder of NASCAR stock car racing at Dover International Speedway. The track is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

If you like both speed on on the ground and in the sky, you’ll enjoy the F/A-18 Hornets in the pre-race flyover. The F-18s hail from Naval Air Station in Oceana, Virginia.

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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